Interesting research on Guitarists.
For starters, guitarists literally have the ability to synchronize their brains while playing. In a 2012 study about Guitar Research (http://journal.frontiersin.org/journal/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00312/full ) in Berlin, researchers had 12 pairs of guitarists play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned. They discovered that the guitarists’ neural networks would synchronize not only during the piece, but even slightly before playing. So, basically, guitarists can read each others’ minds better than they can read music.
That sync happens in the areas of the brain that deal with music production and social cognition, so it makes a real difference in how tight a band sounds. When people talk about a band’s chemistry, this may well be what they’re seeing. It also may explain why brothers are the in so many bands.
But part of this ability to synchronize actually comes from one overarching truth about guitarists: they’re more intuitive than most.
It sounds weird to solo while hooked up to a scanning machine, but a few brave guitarists pulled it off and contributed a major finding to the science of guitarists. Researchers according to an article found at (http://www.dana.org/News/Details.aspx) found that, when a guitarist shreds, he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big-picture goals, signalling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought.
And when mere mortals (non-musicians) attempt a solo, the conscious portion of their brain stays on, which indicates that real guitarists are able to switch to this more creative and less practical mode of thinking more easily.
According to research by http://policymic.com/articles/88357/ titled (science shows how guitar players brains are actually different from everybody else’s) makes it clear that guitarists are just very spiritual, intuitive people. Think about anyone from the Jimmy Page to the Edge right on up to Bon Iver. That sort of intuitive thinking runs all the way to how they learn. Unlike musicians who learn through sheet music, guitarists, according to research by Vanderbilt University (news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/11), get a better grasp of a song by watching someone playing it rather than reading the notes on paper, however: if a guitarist can read music he has the best of both worlds.
The intuition might come from one truth every guitarist knows: playing guitar transcends basic brain chemistry. In a famous incident, Pat Martino, a renowned jazz guitarist from Philadelphia, had 70% of his left temporal lobe removed in his mid-30s due to a haemorrhage. When he came out of surgery, he couldn’t play any longer.
But guitar-playing is about more than any one part of your brain. Within two years, Martino was able to completely relearn how to play the jazz guitar according to the following article by Discover Magazine titled “Jazz guitar after brain damage “( http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2013/10/06 ). Scientists everywhere have used his brain as an amazing example of cerebral plasticity. For guitarists, he represents something else — playing guitar isn’t a skill. It’s a way of being.